06/06/2012 06:47 BST | Updated 06/08/2012 06:12 BST

Enter The Sand Men: Sand Sculpture Festival Opens In Belgium

Spectacular sandcastles have been built as part of the biggest sand sculpture festival in the world.

Around 40 'sand artists' from around the world attended the Sand Sculpture Festival on the beach of Blankenberge in Belgium.

Over 10,000 tonnes of sand was used to create the amazing 'sand village' as part of the festival's 20th anniversary.

The festival had a fairy-tale theme and included majestic castles and palaces.

A spokesman said: "This year the Sand Sculpture Festival in Blankenberge will bring to life fairytales by the Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney, as well as the magical stories of Charles Dickens and J.K. Rowling and so many other famous tales from the world of myths and legends.

"Not only will all the best-known and best-loved fairy tales be on show, but also great legends and fables from the four corners of the earth, which will allow you to relive that magical days of yesteryear."

Visitors can take walkthrough tours of the sand village where other characters such as Tintin and the Smurfs are also on display.

Sand Sculpture Festival

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